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Motorola has settled a trademark lawsuit in the US over the name "Xoom", and will "phase out" its use on a Googlerola fondleslab. The Google-owned mobile device maker was sued by online payment provider Xoom Corporation on the day a tablet bearing the name Xoom was launched back in 2011 and settled the case in a confidential …

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IT Angle

Wait wait

Two IT companies reaching a sensible agreement and moving on instead of suing each other into oblivion?

I'm so confused. This isn't how tech companies operate.

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Re: Wait wait

Maybe part of the deal was Google 'buying out' Xoom.

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I'm guessing one side or the other finally got around to searching the interwebs and realised that spelling Zoom with an X in a company or product name is not really all that unique so the 4 letters in that order are not a trademark. The typeface, colours and other graphical nuance are what make it a trademark.

And since a mobile phone is unlikely to be mistaken for a moneylender, there's little likelihood of confusing a Xoom phone with most or all of the other "Xooms" out there in the world.

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Trademarks are only valid if they are defended, if you don't defend or use your trademark then it becomes invalid.

I'd say Xoom is a lot more "unique" than Windows, Boots, Galaxy (choc and phone).

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Paris Hilton

Xoom

Hmm I remember Xoom.com as a really old free web host.

I feel really old now :(

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